08.13.2006 08:00 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
MXL introduces USB large diaphragm condenser mic
MXL Microphones has announced the introduction of the MXL.006, a cardioid condenser microphone that features a USB connector for direct connection to computers. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the MXL.006 features a large gold diaphragm that delivers a big, rich sound characteristic of studio and broadcast microphones. The mic is designed to support both USB 1.1 and 2.0 environments, and includes gain adjustment settings via a built-in three-position attenuation switch.
As a plug and play device for both Windows and Mac, the MXL.006 requires no special drivers whatsoever. Simply connect the microphone’s USB cable to a computer’s USB port, and installation is quick and effortless. In addition to recording instruments or voice for home recording applications, the new MXL.006 is perfect for podcasting or adding dialog to presentations and other multimedia projects, and can also open new possibilities for radio and news broadcasters and for location recording.
Unlike electrets or dynamic microphones typically used for computer work, the MXL.006 has an extremely smooth, natural sound typical of what one would hear on a professionally CD or radio show. The analog section of the new MXL.006 microphone features a 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, a large gold diaphragm, pressure-gradient condenser capsule, and a three-position, switchable attenuation pad with settings for Hi (0 dB), Medium (-5 dB), and Lo (-10 dB), making it easy to configure the microphone for virtually any sound source. The digital section features a 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D converter with a sampling rate of 44.1kHz and 48kHz. Protecting the instrument’s capsule is a heavy-duty wire mesh grill with an integrated pop filter.
The MXL.006 also includes a red LED behind the protective grill, which serves to inform the user that the microphone is active and correctly oriented toward the user. To complete the package, the new MXL.006 ships with a travel case, desktop mic stand, 10ft USB cable, and a windscreen.
For more information, please visit www.mxlmics.com.